Rising Stars

Award Description

The BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group brings together researchers with diverse scientific and clinical interests with a common goal of understanding and engineering molecules, cells, their interactions, and microenvironments in the pursuit of controlling biological processes and improving the practice of medicine. 
To maintain its multidisciplinary character and central research focus, the CMBE SIG is committed to supporting new investigators within the field. Towards this goal, the “Rising Star” award has been given to a select group of exceptional junior principal investigators each year. Awardees provide a podium presentation in a special session at the annual conference. 

BMES CMBE Rising Star Award Recipients

Rising Star Awards


Mohammad Fallahi-Sichani


Quanyin Hu


Luo Gu


Leo YT Chou


Xiaoping Bao


Evangelia Bellas


Katie Galloway


Xi Ren


Alex Hughes


Sara Rouhanifard


Carolyn Schutt Ibsen


Chelsea Magin


Ahmet Coskun


Amanda Randles        amanda.randles@duke.edu

Ilana Brito                   ibrito@cornell.edu

Iwijn De Vlaminck     id93@cornell.edu

Lukasz Bugaj              bugaj@seas.upenn.edu

Spencer Szczesny       ses297@psu.edu



Brendon Baker

University of Michigan


Sidi Bencherif

Northeastern University


Weiqiang Chen

New York University


Cesar de la Fuente

University of Pennsylvania


Neha Kamat

Northwestern University


Ester Kwon

University of California, San Diego


Zhen Ma

Syracuse University


Scott Medina

Pennsylvania State University


Jeffrey Millman

Washington University in St. Louis


Michael Murrell

Yale University





Keyue Shen, University of Southern California

Timothy Downing, University of California, Irvine

Madeleine Oudin, Tufts University

Matthew Fisher, North Carolina State University

Xiaojun Lian, Penn State University

Eunji Chung, University of Southern California

Stephaine Seidlits, University of California, Los Angeles

Gregg Duncan, University of Maryland



Ovijit Chaudhuri, Stanford University

Jonathan Rivnay, Northwestern University

Michael Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania

Patrick Cahan, Johns Hopkins University

Kelly Stevens, University of Washington

Rebecca Pompano, University of Virginia



Liming Bian, PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sarah Calve, PhD, Purdue University

Daniel Conway, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Yizhou Dong, PhD, The Ohio State University

Akhilesh Gaharwar, PhD, Texas A&M University

Padmini Rangamani, PhD, University of California, San Diego

John Slater, PhD, University of Delaware

Jeremiah J. Zartman, PhD, University of Notre Dame


Tzahi Cohen-Karni, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Kareen Coulombe, PhD, Brown University

Brandon DeKosky, PhD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Rong Fan, PhD, Yale University

Stephanie Fraley, PhD, University of California San Diego

Jianping Fu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Penney Gilbert, PhD, University of Toronto

Jason Gleghorn, PhD, University of Delaware

Ngan Huang, PhD, Stanford University

Jenny Jiang, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Allen Liu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Megan McCain, PhD, USC

Evan Scott, PhD, Northwestern University

Chelsey Simmons, PhD, University of Florida

Qiaobing Xu, PhD, Tufts University


Umut Gurkan, PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Amit Pathak, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis

Shipla Sant, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Jae-Won Shin, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago

Feng Zhao, PhD, Michigan Technological University

Pinar Zorlutuna, PhD, University of Notre Dame


Lauren Black, PhD, Tufts University

Ben Cosgrove, PhD, Cornell University

Guohao Dai, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Brendan Harley, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Nic Leipzig, PhD, University of Akron

Siva Vanapalli, PhD, Texas Tech University


Pen-Hsiu Grace Chao, PhD, National Taiwan University

Brenton Hoffman, PhD, Duke University

Lucas Lu, PhD, University of Delaware

Corey Neu, PhD, Purdue University

Michelle Previtera, PhD, Setton Hall University

Ankhur Singh, PhD, Cornell University

Edward Sander, PhD, Iowa State University

Fan Yang, PhD, Stanford University



Randolph Ashton, PhD, University of Wisconsin

Nadeen Chahine, PhD, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York

Adam Feinberg, PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Doek-Ho Kim, PhD, University of Washington

Wendy Liu, PhD, University of California, Irvine

Krishanu Saha, PhD, University of Wisconsin

Leo Wan, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Eric Darling, PhD, Brown University

Nathan Gallant, PhD, University of Southern Florida

Charles Gersbach, PhD, Duke University

Jiro Nagatomi, PhD, Clemson University

Shelly Peyton, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Cindy Reinhart-King, PhD, Cornell University

Sihong Wang, PhD, City College of New York


Peter Butler, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Roland Kaunas, PhD, Texas A&M University

Sanjay Kumar, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Rob Mauck, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Alisa Morss Clyne, PhD, Drexel University